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Museum presents origami holiday event

The Los Altos History Museum is scheduled to host the free holiday family program “Origami at the Museum” 1-3 p.m. Saturday at the museum, 51 S. San Antonio Road.

Attendees of all ages can learn to fold origami holiday ornaments, led by origami instructors May Matsuzaki, Susan Nakamura and Janice Yasutake of the Japanese American Museum of San Jose.

Gate of Heaven Cemetery to participate in Wreaths Across America

For the second straight year, Los Altos residents can participate in the National Wreaths Across America Day ceremony.

The event is scheduled 10 a.m. Dec. 16 at cemeteries throughout the country, including Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Los Altos.

Live-stream visit features 'Martian' author

Next week’s event featuring best-selling science-fiction author Andy Weir and NASA’s Pascal Lee at Books Inc. in Mountain View is sold-out, but there are plans to stream it live on the internet.

Weir, a Mountain View resident, is slated to discuss his new book, “Artemis,” 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Award-winning cartoonist animates Morning Forum series

Courtesy of Joel Pett
This Joel Pett cartoon, which appeared right before the 2009 Copenhagen Climate Change Conference, became a favorite at the conference.

Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Joel Pett entertained the Morning Forum of Los Altos audience Nov. 7 with a humorous presentation on “Real Cartoons in the Age of Fake News.”

Pett’s cartoons have appeared in hundreds of magazines and newspapers worldwide, including Time, The New York Times, The Times of London and the Sierra Club’s magazine. He has shared his provocative humor on NPR’s “Morning Edition” and “All Things Considered.”

Discovery Shop manager leaves her labor of love after 22 years

Bruce Barton/Town Crier
Ardy Bazarian, right, retiring manager of the American Cancer Society Discovery Shop in downtown Los Altos, says goodbye last week to longtime customer Carmen Crooks.

For more than two decades, Ardy Bazarian has been the heart and soul of the American Cancer Society Discovery Shop in downtown Los Altos.

The diminutive manager with the big smile and gracious personality has made the store one of the top-grossing of all Discovery Shops in the region, despite being one of the smallest. Bazarian figures that the store has made more than $7 million during her tenure.

Sky's the Limit Fund helps families in crisis through wilderness therapy

Courtesy of Sky's The Limit Fund 
Wilderness camp participants find healing through shared experiences and camaraderie. Wilderness camps are often cited as providing effective therapy for at-risk teens. Sky’s the Limit Fund helps families in crisis by offering scholarships to offset expensive camp fees.

• Mission: Sky’s the Limit Fund transforms the lives of youth in crisis by providing grants, support and hope through wilderness therapy programs and beyond.

According to Sky’s the Limit Fund representatives, the crisis in today’s youth has reached epidemic proportions, with problems that do not discriminate based on ethnicity, religion or socioeconomics. Wilderness therapy programs provide effective and personalized therapeutic care, achieving high-impact and long-lasting improvement.

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